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The Flanders Road

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  266 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
During the German advance through Belgium into France in 1940, which led to the fall of France, Captain de Reixach is shot dead by a sniper. Three of his dragoons, involved with him in different capacities, remember him and help the reader piece together the realities behind the man and his death.

One was a distant relative, one his orderly, and the third who had been a joc
Paperback, 231 pages
Published April 30th 1985 by Calder Publications (first published 1960)
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MJ Nicholls
Oct 12, 2011 marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
Bailing out of this one at p82. Oneworld Classics is almost as impressive as Dalkey in bringing esoteric out-of-print novels back into the world. Have a gander at their catalogue if such a thing impresses you. I put the link up. Be grateful, punk. The Flanders Road is an important novel of the nouveau roman movement: Mr. Simon uses an atemporal third-person narrative voice, narrating war horrors in a nightmarish stream-of-thought style, popular among Beckett and late-period modernists. For the c ...more
mohammad ebadi
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
جاده فلاندر یکی از عجیب ترین رمان هاییست که تابه حال با آن روبرو شده ام.اثری که ساخت مایه ی آن به یک نقش مینیاتور پرنقش و نگار می ماند.چشمان راوی تیزبین تصاویر را دنبال می کند(گاه یک تصویر و چند تصویر در کنار هم امتداد پیدا می کند)همین همزمانی ست کهباعث شده جاده فلاندر از بسیاری از آثار گذشته و معاصر ادبیات فاصله بگیرد.خواندن این رمان برایم بسیار جذاب بود.چون سراسر زمان در حال کشف بودم،شاید عده ای به غلط می پندارند رمان نو تماما وصف اشیای بی جان است که درحالی که تمام خطوط آن سرشار از اتفاقات انس ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Claude Simon’s style reads like a combination of Faulkner and Proust; the never-ending shift of perspectives and time, the never-ending paragraphs and sentences, ‘The Flanders Road’ is as disorientating as it is beautiful, yet at times the disjointed nature of the prose and story, which is merely Simon’s interpretation of time via his unique narrative style, takes away from the poetic prose style and psychologically harrowing recollection of the brutality of war-Simon’s prose is almost dream-lik ...more
Sean de la Rosa
I got this off Wiki about the author: Extreme use of long sentences (often stretching across many pages and with parentheses sometimes interrupting a clause which is only completed pages later) is reminiscent of Proust. Simon was also majorly influenced by Faulkner in that he extensively uses a fractured timeline with frequent and disorienting moments of chronological discontinuity. There is also acute use of free indirect speech in which narrative voices (often unidentified) and streams of cons ...more
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

کلود سیمون واقعیت را می بیند , به خاطر می سپارد , و همان گونه که به خاطر می آورد ( نه آن گونه که دیده است ) بیان می کند . یعنی درست همان گونه که همه ی ما ماجراها را نقل می کنیم جز آن که نویسنده در هنگام دیدن از دقت بیشتر , در هنگام به خاطر آوردن از حافظه بهتر و در همگام نوشتن از واژه ها و تعبیرهای رساتری برخوردار است .
Roozbeh Estifaee
A true masterpiece, "The Flanders Road" was a big surprise to me, since it was fairly the first nouveau roman I read. Some friends of mine had already read it, and their compliments motivated me to read it too; but they had also advised me to read it when I have enough concentrated time to put on, like, for example, reading it in no more than five sittings in some consecutive days. When I found the right time for reading it after some 2 years, I found this advice very precious and rewarding.
Nati Korn
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
... לא שום דבר מסודר, עקבי, לא מילים, לא דיבורי הכנה, לא הצהרות, אף לא פרשנויות נרחבות, רק זאת: כמה תמונות אילמות בקושי נעות, נראות מרחוק ...
-- עמוד 31

ושוב פסקאות עמוסות, צפופות, בקושי נגמרות; ושוב מחסור מכוון, מהתל, קמצני בסימני פיסוק; ושוב מעברים חדים, פתאומיים בין סצנות, מקומות וזמנים, בתוך סוג של שטף תודעה מקוטע. ולא, אל תחפשו כאן עלילה נרחבת, דיאלוגים שנונים או דרמה קיצונית. הספר הזה חוזר ומשוטט כל הזמן באותן הדרכים, סביב לאותן תמונות, אותם עניינים, אותם רעיונות שוב ושוב. הספר הזה הכתיב קרי
mahdi mousavi nejad
Feb 19, 2007 rated it really liked it

مانند عمارتي متروك و مخروبه، كه به دست ناساز و بيقيد و بيتميز و ويرانگر زمان رها شده باشد
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Greu de citit. Război, sex, călărie, moarte
Lemon Man
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hipsters
Shelves: french
Viešnamis „Mano Smegenys“, aptarnaujantis visų amžiaus grupių – nuo vienerių iki devyniasdešimt devynerių – vyrus ir moteris, sulaukė trijų lankytojų ant arklių, žiū, visi Flandrijos keliu beėję. „Užeikite, sveteliai, prašau, kiekvienas užkampis čia jūsų!” Ir ėmė tratinti kiekvieną pakampį, viską, kas juda, o kas nejuda – išjudino.

Skaitant Claude Simon „Flandrijos kelią“, jausmas buvo toks, lyg smegenų tyrė paversta masinio naudojimo šliundra. Tekstas dulkina įprastos literatūros suvokimo recept
Maurits van Rees
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Potentially an interesting intriguing intelligent subject about a death in May 1940 but the subject is lost behind a hard impossible confusing to read bundle conglomeration bunch of words that lack helpful necessary parts like interpunction commas and dots and the occasional blank line the writer wants to do interesting but fails to be interesting (literary critics do not agree as he has won the Nobel prize for literature oh yes there are parentheses too (ain't those fun)) where am I going with ...more
میلاد صادقی
سختخوان... سختخوان... سختخوان! ...more
Mark Bell
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece from the greatest of the nouveau roman novelists. You almost experience the book more than merely read it, so adept is Simon at conveying mental and sensual experience. He looks at only a few episodes from different POVs, each POV giving rise to a slightly different style, like Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style meets the funeral procession in Joyce's Ulysses. His aim is to put you in the heads of his characters as they experience and remember the events in question, all circling ...more
Jerry Pogan
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea. I don't mind run-on sentences as long as they're coherent, in fact I love Faulkner's, but these ran on for pages and meandered so much that I lost track of what he was talking about. This was my second Simon book and will be my last.
Carl Denton
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
cuts deep
J'ai mis longtemps à finir La route des Flandres ; je n'ai pas aimé le lire, mais j'adore l'avoir lu ! Il est très frustrant pour moi de ne pas être arrivé à l'apprécier plus, et à m'y investir plus, alors que ce roman est un des plus remarquables que j'ai lu.

Il n'y a pas vraiment d'intrigue (George revit, dans le désordre, ses souvenirs de guerre ; obsédé par la mort faussement accidentelle de son cousin éloigné, le capitaine de Reixach, il ressasse les conditions qui l'ont mené à son suicide
Giorgi Baskhajauri
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
უძლიერესი ნაწარმოებია. თხრობა ქაოსური, ფრაგმენტულია ისევე, როგორც ომი. ერთმანეთში გადადის ორი დრო აწმყო და წარსული, უფრო სწორად წარსულია შეჭრილი აწმყოში. არ არსებობს მომავალი, ეს ომის ბრალია, ნაწარმოების პერსონაჟები გზას მიუყვებიან საზღვრისკენ და ეს გზა წარსულისგან თვის დახსნის საშუალება არ არის, ეს გზაა სიკვდილისკენ. ისეთი შთაბეჭდილება იქმნება, რომ ყოველი პერსონჟი ეძებს საბაბს სიკვდილისთვის. ზოგი კვდება, ზოგს წარსულის კითხვები არ ასვენებს, ზოგს ქალის ალერსი მოჰნატრებია, ზოგის ერთადერთ ვნებად ცხ ...more
Jun 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I struggled through the first chapter - 78 pages.
For me this is unreadable, and I gave up here.
Lack of punctuation, lack of paragraphs and even formatting just make this unbearable. So much over complicating of each sentence for absolutely no good reason that I can ascertain, and the ludicrous long sentences.
Maybe in 10 years I will try again, but for now, this books holds the glory of being the only book on my DNF shelf.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je ne conteste pas l'originalité, les qualités d'écrivain, la recherche et l'inventivité de l'auteur, mais je n'ai pas adhéré au livre. Un style très pesant que j'ai ressenti parfois comme pompeux, une navigation pénible entre discussions, souvenirs, souvenirs de discussions, discussion sur des souvenirs, fantasmes et réalité. J'étais curieux de l'œuvre du prix Nobel Claude Simon (un cadeau), mais ce n'est pas pour moi, trop expérimental ?
Tomas Martin
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inspired in linguistic shape and literary language by Marcel Proust, this could possibly be the most brilliant novel of the 20th century. A difficult read - first sentence takes up a page and a half without a single technical mistake such as falling into a run-on sentence - but pays off in its self-conscious meta-textual explanation of how narrative functions.
Richard Vandine
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I am aware of the nouvelle roman movement. I, however, found this book to be to disoriented for my taste. I am also aware that that may well be the point, that he is trying to make sense of a senseless event, but it simply wasn't to my taste.
Mahsa Emampour
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Did I enjoy reading it? I have to be honest and say not really. But, on the other hand, I don’t regret reading it at all.
Michael Farmer
Dec 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
Unreadable, stream of conciousness without punctuation.
Joshua Potter
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Detailed review at Potter's Book Blog:
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
In deed, I cannot understand many of the meanings in the book,but books are like people, he maybe deep and inaccessible,as well as great.
Nov 04, 2010 marked it as to-read
Nobel Prize winner 1985. Author influenced Cosmin Manolache in Best European Fiction 2010
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre aura eu le mérite de me confirmer que le Nouveau Roman, ce n'était définitivement pas pour moi. J'aime trop la ponctuation, je pense.
Jun 01, 2008 is currently reading it
Read this at varsity and just re-reading. Liking it a lot better this time around.
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